Cultural Identity in China English as a Variety of English

Mingjuan Zhang

Abstract


The status of English as an International language breaks the situation in which British English or American English is the sole standard. English becomes World Englishes, taking on a plural form, which include many varieties of English with nativized cultural, political and economical characteristics. Researchers in China believe that China English as a variety of English has been objectively in existence. It refers to English used by the speakers with Chinese linguistic and cultural background who consciously or unconsciously transfer the Chinese cultural identities into English, thus endowing China English with distinctive cultural identities. China English consolidates the cultural identity of the Chinese speakers of English, enriches the multiple identities of English and plays an important role in promoting Chinese culture internationally.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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